Adapting to the Canadian culture: Steffan’s story

My name is Steffan Warner and I’m originally from Bridgetown, Barbados in the Caribbean. I came to Canada in September 2011 for my undergrad degree in Mineral Resource Engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I currently work with RBC as a Senior Manager in the Transformation & Strategic Initiatives team.  This is my story. I left Barbados when I was…

Feel Safe and Secure Banking In Canada: An Overview

A Very Brief Overview of the types of Bank Accounts in Canada and what that means for you In Canada, banks are secure and profitable. The industry is highly regulated by the government – which is a good thing for consumers. All banks adhere to strict rules and each offers comparable products and services. There are five major banks in Canada, along…

All about Language Skills Assessments for Newcomers

Languages are a must-have skill to adapt to life in Canada. The Government of Canada offers language assessment and instruction classes (in English and French) for newcomers in Canada to help them smoothly transition into Canadian life.  The language assessment helps in mapping your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level. Its format is similar to…

Networking for career opportunities: Akshita’s story

Akshita handa discusses careers and networking

My name is Akshita Handa and I arrived in Toronto, Canada in August 2017 for a one-year Masters program at Schulich School of Business, York University. I graduated in 2018 and currently work as a Manager in Applied Analytics and Partnerships at RBC Ventures. My job is to drive insights, analyze data and help Ventures grow. This is my story. As I…

Finances in Canada 101: What You Need to Succeed

Young newcomer couple

Arrive is a dynamic community of newcomers dedicated to helping newcomers. Our reason for being is to provide the support, guidance and resources every newcomer needs to achieve their career, life and financial success in Canada. The Arrive community continues to grow and become more vibrant as more and more newcomers succeed in building strong networks and launching their careers – with…

Learn: How to use your personal brand to open career doors

Last week, Arrive, in collaboration with the RBC Brampton Newcomer Branch, organized a personal branding workshop for newcomers in Canada. About 50 newcomers from varied backgrounds attended the workshop at the RBC Meeting Place in Brampton where they had a one of a kind opportunity to learn and master the fundamentals of building a personal brand.  The workshop began with an opening…

Build Your Personal Brand in 3 Simple Steps

In my previous blog, we learned about personal branding –  the process of effectively packaging and marketing yourself: your skills and capabilities, work experience, interests, and education – all those things that set you apart. We also outlined how it can help you gain a competitive edge in the Canadian job market. Now let’s talk about building your personal brand in three…